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Table 5 Comparison of the models’ advantages and challenges

From: Models and methods for determining the optimal number of beds in hospitals and regions: a systematic scoping review

 Score modelCapacity modelBasic scenario modelCHUV modelSHO modelThe Greater Glasgow modelIsraeli modelThe Trends in Acute Care Bed Use modelCurrent Use Projection ModelThe Status Quo modelMichigan’s Bed Need model
AdvantagesInvestigates future demographic changes  ******* *
Easy estimation*        * 
Considers regional population distribution      ***  
Considers population age and sex composition  *  ****  
Estimates bed requirements by the type of clinical specialties * ****** *
Considers trends in hospital service utilization * **  *   
Considers performance and efficiency of hospital     *     
Accounts for patient migration    ** *   
Considers medical and technological advances     * *   
Considers care models and standards *   *     
Considers emergency cases and future trends     *     
Considers various scenarios ****      
Considers seasonal effects *         
Easy to use*          
A software is available*          
challengesRequires accurate and comprehensive data          *
Difficulty of demographic predictionsNANA*******NA*
Difficulty of predicting patterns of hospital service utilization * **  *   
Does not account for policy changes overtimes***********
Overestimation of required bed numbers      **   
Difficulty of mapping scenariosNA****NANANANANANA
Does not assign weightings to the parameters***********
Needs a simulation software*          
  1. NA Not Applicable